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DRS-13: Actividades de demostración de herramientas para adaptar estándares de la construcción e infraestructuras y metodologías de diseño en lugares vulnerables en caso de desastres naturales o provocados por el hombre


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Una universidad turca está preparando una propuesta para la convocatoria "Resistencia a los desastres" (DRS) del programa Horizonte 2020. El objetivo del proyecto ("CORMAIN") es desarrollar modelos físicos y numéricos para ampliar los estándares disponibles en resistencia contra desastres de infraestructuras marítimas (DRS-13). Se buscan grandes empresas, pymes, universidades e institutos de investigación especializados en modelización experimental y numérica de infraestructuras marítimas contra desastres. La fecha límite de la convocatoria es el 27 de agosto de 2015 y el plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 20 de julio.


Partners sought for H2020 proposal on DRS-13: Demonstration activity on tools for adapting building and infrastructure standards and design methodologies in vulnerable locations in the case of natural or man-originated catastrophes
A university from Istanbul is preparing a project proposal for H2020 Disaster Resilience (DRS) call. The project ("CORMAIN") aims to develop physical and numerical models to further extend the available standards for disaster resilience of marine infrastructure (DRS-13). Large companies, SMEs, universities and research institutes focusing on experimental and numerical modeling of marine-infrastructure systems against disasters are sought.
Marine infrastructure plays a vital role in relation to energy, environment and sustainable development. Coastal and offshore structures built to protect coastal regions and to provide energy systems, constitute a significant part of marine infrastructure in Europe surrounded with long coastlines. The need for such structures is expected to grow rapidly in the future due to increase in the magnitude, duration, and frequency of storm surges, earthquakes and Tsunamis observed in the last decades. Besides, 'environment' and 'disaster resilience' which are directly related to the proposed project are two major thematic areas of research for sustainable development in Horizon 2020.

The instability of coastal and offshore structures is induced primarily by the action of oscillatory and impact forces caused by severe storms and natural disasters such as earthquakes. The hydraulic conditions and geotechnical aspects play a significant role in the initiation of these instabilities. Thus, evaluation of wave-induced response of seabed-marine structure systems plays a key role in mitigation of the associated hazard. Unfortunately, the processes governing the response and instability of these infrastructures in marine environment are dynamic and nonlinear therefore quite complex. Hence, the methods accounting for instabilities of marine infrastructure against major disasters are either not sufficiently defined in the codes and standards or described in a broad manner in the existing guidelines in Europe. Besides, most of the approaches developed solely for the design of marine structures fail in accounting for the true physical interaction between seabed soil and structure leading to either a financially costly over-design or a risky under-design of these systems. During the past decades, progress has been made towards understanding of the physical processes that occur as a result of disasters and their impact on the stability of marine infrastructure. However, there is still a significant need for a comprehensive study to understand the underlying mechanics, build physical and numerical models as well as develop tools and analyses for the response and instability of marine-infrastructure systems which will ultimately be used in adaptation of related standards. Therefore, the main objective of the project is to perform studies to develop guidelines and methods for upgrading the existing standards and codes for disaster resiliency of vulnerable and strategic marine infrastructures across Europe.

The university is looking for large companies, SMEs, universities and research institutes which can take part in various aspects of the project spanning from numerical and experimental modeling to cost-benefit and lifecycle analyses and socio-economic impact assessment (see "type and role of partner sought" for details).

Deadline for EoIs: 20.07.2015
Deadline for the call: 27.08.2015
Advantages and Innovations:
-Existing standards and codes of marine infrastructure have mostly been developed considering the Historically Extreme Weather and earthquakes with 200 year return period. CORMAIN intends to consider the catastrophes and more frequent disasters as well.
-Climate changes and weather forecast models are not incorporated into the design of marine infrastructures, particularly in related codes and standards.
-Exponential increase in demand and desired capacities of marine structures is not covered by the existing codes and standards.
-Catastrophe and disaster resilient marine infrastructures must be designed to function at the edge of their design capacity which is not currently addressed in the existing practice. This will be considered in this project.
-A series of guidelines and methods are to be developed as a result of this project incorporating the above-mentioned outcomes into the related standards.
Stage of Development:
Proposal under development
IPR Status:
Design Rights

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
Partners to carry out following tasks are sought: 1- Experimental Modeling a. Wave Flume b. Centrifuge 2- Numerical Modeling a. Fluid-Soil Interaction (FSI) b. Tsunami-Inundation c. Tsunami Generation-Propagation d. Fluid Structure Interaction (FStI) e. Coupled Atmospheric-Oceanographic Models f. Met-Ocean Data Analysis (wind, wave, water levels) g. Stochastic Analysis 3- Standards/Code/Guidelines Application a. Review of existing codes and guidelines b. Review of existing design practices for earthquakes c. Review of existing design practices for historically extreme weather d. Review of existing design practices for tsunami e. Case study application (three marine infrastructure projects: two existing and one planned) f. Cost/benefit analysis g. Adaptation of existing codes/development of new guidelines h. Research of socio-economic impact of natural catastrophes and societal implications of the project
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Single stage proposal
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Project title and Acronym:
CORMAIN - "Development of Guidelines and Methods for Upgrading the Existing Standards and Codes for Disaster Resiliency of Vulnerable and Strategic Marine Infrastructures"